Archive for March, 2014

If Taste’s Your Thing, Add Some Zing!

March 31st, 2014 No Comments

Well folks it’s the last day of  March! You are now so well equipped to take on the balance of the year with oodles of ideas and inspiration in the kitchen. Have you downloaded Dietitian of Canada’ sizzling app Cookspiration yet, with over 66,000 downloads since it’s launch a few weeks back? Now when you want to simply cook and enjoy, you’ll have an app for that! I’ll keep you apprised of details of the next version due out next month.

Taste is king! Add some zing!

Think healthy cooking is bland? No way! Healthy cooking is all about good taste. Add some zing with these mouth-watering flavour boosters:

  • Red pepper flakes deliver delicious heat to lightly sautéed greens
  • Fresh lime juice is a tangy addition to fish, avocado or fresh tomato salsa
  • Garlic is perfect for pasta, potatoes and peas, and it makes a tofu-and-veggie stir-fry sizzle
  • Ginger spices up butternut squash soup and adds depth to beef and pork dishes
  • Cinnamon pairs sweetly with apples, squash and sweet potatoes

For more ideas to make your taste buds tingle.

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Wanna Give Healthy Eating a Whirl? Simply Cook & Enjoy!

March 28th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

Since spring has sprung you may want to up your nutritional mojo by jacking up the healthful quotient of your food. A great way to end Nutrition Month is by carrying these stealthy and healthy cooking tricks into April, and each month that follows, don’t you think? Have you downloaded Dietitian of Canada’s hot app Cookspiration yet? I’ve got the inside scoop on what’s in the works for the next version’s release in April. Let me tell you, I’ll be trying out an array of the new recipes, as will you I expect. The download numbers are over 66,000 since it’s launch. Work with me will you and spread the word!

Want to give healthy cooking a whirl? Think outside the salad spinner!

Looking for ways to make some of your favourite recipes a little healthier? Try these ideas to add more veggies and fruit to your meals and snacks without a lot of fuss:

  • Blend a handful of spinach or kale into a fruit smoothie
  • Mash cooked cauliflower together with potatoes
  • Add puréed butternut squash to homemade macaroni and cheese
  • Shred carrots, zucchini or onions into spaghetti sauce
  • Stir canned puréed pumpkin into whole grain pancake or muffin batter
  • Sprinkle berries onto breakfast cereal or yogurt

For tasty meatballs with added greens, a perfect post St. Paddy’s day addition and a pot of gold of goodness for you and your family!

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Savour the Flavour; Simply Cook & Enjoy!

March 26th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

Fab tasting food is what consumers value most. There are many ways to punch up flavour to get that taste explosion we all yearn for. While Nutrition Month month is dialling down, I hope your cooking attempts are ramping up! Have you downloaded Dietitian of Canada’ popular free app Cookspiration? The android version was recently launched so now everyone with a cell phone can access it! Over 65,000 people have downloaded it already.

Savour the flavour! Small amounts of nutrient-rich ingredients boost taste.

Nutrient-rich, higher-fat ingredients can be part of healthy cooking. When you use high-quality foods, you only need a little for great flavour. Here are just a few examples:

  • Cheese – just a sprinkle of strong-tasting cheese such as Parmesan, Asiago or aged cheddar fills your food with flavour
  • Pesto – it’s bursting with basil, so you just need a spoonful to turn plain pasta into a gourmet meal
  • Nuts – toasting nutrient-rich nuts brings out their rich flavour, so a handful will do

Try this Mediterranean roast beef, flavoured with pesto!

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Salad for Supper? Simply Cook & Enjoy!

March 24th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Well folks even, though the last week of March is upon us we can let Nutrition Month live on every month of the year! I’ve been featuring the theme Simply Cook and Enjoy! throughout the month. You don’t need to be an expert chef, you can be a klutz in the kitchen and eat well.

I trust you’ve downloaded Dietitian of Canada’ popular free app now available for any format  Cookspiration. We are looking to load more recipes and features in Version 2 in April, 2014.

Get fresh with simple dinner salads for two!

A dinner salad is a simple solution for couples to crunch on a variety of veggies. Buy a container of baby spinach, mixed greens or arugula and make 3 different salads this week. Top them with a little olive oil vinaigrette and:

  • Sliced fresh pear, dried cranberries, toasted almonds and crumbled blue cheese
  • Grilled salmon, green onion, grapefruit or orange pieces, and celery, and serve with a side of crusty whole grain bread
  • Cherry tomatoes, English cucumber, minced red onion, lentils and barley

Turn up the heat with this spicy jerk chicken salad.

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Table for One? Simply Cook & Enjoy!

March 21st, 2014 2 Comments

Well folks, spring has sprung! Have you been kicking it up a notch with the Nutrition Month theme inspiring you to cook? The hot  app Cookspiration is now available for android phones and tablets. There are now over 63,000 downloads of it. We’re busily working on Version 2.0 to be launched in April.

Eating alone? Make breakfast for dinner!

Breakfast foods are usually easy to make, and they’re versatile enough for any meal of the day. Try these deliciously nutritious meals:

  • Greek omelette filled with diced tomatoes, red onion, olives and feta cheese
  • Soft poached eggs, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, on top of toast or a baked potato
  • Burrito with scrambled egg or soft tofu, sautéed red pepper slices, avocado and salsa wrapped in a warm tortilla
  • French toast topped with a spoonful of yogurt and warm sautéed apple slices

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Food Fun with the Family, Simply Cook & Enjoy!

March 19th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

Well folks, have you been inspired to cook more this Nutrition Month as I’ve been featuring the cooking theme?! I hope by now you are one of the over 61,000 people who have downloaded Dietitian of Canada’s hugely popular app Cookspiration! How better to be inspired to cook day or night with such a wide array of recipes. That’ll fortify your routine, don’t you think?

Today I’m focusing on your Bella Famiglia: Bring a little fun to your kitchen with a family cooking challenge!

Cooking together is a great way to connect with your family, especially when there’s a friendly competition involved! Have fun with this challenge. Do it over a weekend or a month. Here’s how:

  • Choose a cookbook, food magazine or website. Each family member picks one recipe to try.
  • Each person makes his or her recipe for the family. Depending on skill level, kids might need a little help.
  • When all dishes have been tasted, rate the recipes. You might discover a new family favourite!

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Get Saucy, Simply Cook & Enjoy!

March 17th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

Happy St. Paddy’s day! How nice that it falls smack dab in the middle of Nutrition Month. Find your pot of gold of nutrient richness at the end of your rainbow as you simply cook and enjoy! Have you downloaded the sizzling new app Cookspiration yet to help?  Cookspiration is loaded with a wide array of recipes with the Nutrient Info of each for any time or mood you find yourself in. We’re working on version 2 which will improve the user experience and readability, plus dish up all of the info in French – oui oui mon amie!

Here’s another idea: Get saucy! Make your own spaghetti sauce with just a few ingredients.

Ready-made spaghetti sauce can be costly and high in fat, sugar or salt. You can easily make your own sauce with just a few ingredients and these simple steps:

  • Lightly sauté onions and garlic in a little olive oil
  • Add low-sodium canned tomatoes and simmer
  • Season with freshly ground pepper and herbs such as basil or oregano

Try adding mushrooms, zucchini and chopped spinach. It’s a tasty, low-cost way to enjoy a variety of veggies in one simple meal!

For more budget-friendly meal ideas, visit:

https://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Budget/Budget-friendly-recipes-cards.aspx

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Help Stretch Your Dollar; Simply Cook & Enjoy!

March 14th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Well folks, Nutrition Month is half baked as the theme cooking is featured! Are you one of the 57,000 people who have downloaded Dietitian of Canada’s popular free new i-Phone or i-Pad app Cookspiration? Next week the android version will be ready. By April Version 2 will be out featuring easier readability, navigation, more recipes and in French.

Make your food dollar go farther. Put more plant-based protein in your pot.

Cooking with protein-rich choices, such as lentils, black beans or chickpeas, is a healthy way to lower the cost per serving of your meals. Extend ground meat or go meatless with these ideas:

  • Stir up yummy minestrone soup with black beans, chickpeas or lentils – no meat needed!
  • Make a quick chickpea curry for a totally meatless option
  • Add a couple of cups of cooked lentils to ground beef for luscious lasagna
  • Drain and rinse a can of black beans. Add to ground turkey for tasty tacos.

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One Pot, Pot Shot; Simply Cook & Enjoy!

March 12th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Well I’m writing about ‘Simply Cooking and Enjoying!’ this March, which is nutrition month. Have you downloaded Dietitian of Canada’ popular free new app Cookspiration yet? As of March 9th there have been over 47,000 downloads. It’ll be available for all platforms by mid-March and in French by April, 2014. Cookspiration is loaded with a even more recipes with the Nutrient Info of each.

Cooking dinner is a snap with satisfying one-pot meals.

Any time you can make a delicious, nutritious meal with just one pot to clean, it’s a good thing. Less mess is best! Whether it’s a quick supper or a slow-cooked dish, one-pot meals are the ideal no-fuss solution.

  • Go quick: Cook simple skillet fajitas with sautéed onions, garlic, chicken and bell peppers. Serve the mixture in warm tortillas with avocado, cheese and salsa.
  • Go slow: Make satisfying slow-cooker stews with beef, pork or dried legumes, root veggies, herbs and spices, simmered in flavourful broth.

For a recipe to make a quick Thai turkey stir-fry.

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Stock UP; Simply Cook & Enjoy!

March 10th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

Well folks, I’m celebrating throughout March with the nutrition month theme Simply Cook and Enjoy! Do you want some inspiration to cook, download Dietitian of Canada’ popular free i-Phone or i-Pad app Cookspiration. Within less than two weeks of its launch Apple calls it one of their “Best New Apps” with over 35,000 downloads. It’ll be available for all platforms by mid-March and in French by April, 2014 with more recipes. Cookspiration is loaded with a wide array (over 180) of recipes with the Nutrient Info of each.

Get stocked! Keep your kitchen ready for action any night of the week with basic food staples.

It’s easier to cook when you have basic ingredients in your kitchen. Keep staple foods on hand, such as:

  • Fresh and frozen vegetables and fruit
  • Whole grains, such as quinoa, oats, brown rice and barley
  • Milk, cheese and yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Canned salmon and chunk light tuna
  • Canned or dried legumes, such as chickpeas, black beans and lentils
  • Spices, garlic, vinegars and oils

With a well-stocked pantry, fridge and freezer, you’ll be ready to cook quick meals.

For more on stocking a healthy kitchen.

It’s easier to choose what to cook when you’ve stocked up with an array of ingredients! Simply cook and enjoy!

 

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